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Telekom Malaysia extends to the Middle East, signs with UAE's Etisalat

AvantiKumar | March 11, 2014
The partnership allows TM to leverage on Abu Dhabi-headquartered Etisalat's SmartHub facility and is in tune with TM's vision of becoming an Information Exchange.

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Photo - Mohamed Asri Jaafar, Vice President, Product & Solutions, Global & Wholesale, TM (left) who represented Rozaimy Rahman, Executive Vice President, Global & Wholesale, TM shaking hands with Ali Amiri, Executive Vice President, Carrier & Wholesale Services, Etisalat signifying the collaboration established between the two companies for SmartHub facility.


Telekom Malaysia [TM} has signed an agreement with Abu Dhabi -headquartered next-generation networks technology firm Etisalat, which allows TM to provide a range of communication services in Malaysia.

Under the agreement, TM will leverage on Etisalat's SmartHub facility at Fujairah Cable Landing Station (CLS) to deliver its content, Internetwork Packet Exchange (IPX), Internet Exchange (IX) and high speed data services for its customers in the region, said TM's vice president, product & solutions, global & wholesale, Mohamed Asri Jaafar.

Asri said the new deal will connect TM's customers in the Middle East and neighbouring region via diversified route to Europe and Asia.

Etisalat SmartHub's converged integration of multiple network infrastructure components (bundling services) provides integrated, robust and seamless connectivity with low latency, he said.

This not only enables reliable service delivery but is also in line with TM's aspiration to become preferred hub in global market, said Asri, adding that the move also fits in with TM's vision of becoming an Information Exchange.

"As one of the fast growing telcos in Asia, we at TM are constantly investing and partnering with world class providers to offer better reachability and connectivity through reciprocal business," said TM executive vice president, global & wholesale, Rozaimy  Rahman.

"This alliance with Etisalat will maintain TM's Point of Presence (POP) in the Middle East and communications hub of choice in the region, thus enabling TM to create a value proposition as one of the key players in the Middle East region," said Rozaimy.

Growing market in Middle East

"This is the right platform for TM in promoting its services, as Middle East is a growing market for the potential customers," he said. "The range of services that can be offered include IP Transit, Internet Protocol Virtual Private Network (IPVPN), Global Ethernet (GE), International Private Leased Circuit (IPLC), Multi Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) networks (providing secure connectivity), voice hubbing and others."

Etisalat's executive vice president, carrier & wholesales services, Ali Amiri, said, "Etisalat is honoured that we have added yet another telecom major into our expanding portfolio of customers. This partnership will allow TM to further expand its reachability by establishing a multi-functional network node at Etisalat's SmartHub."

"Over the past year, the hub has already proved its capability in providing the consistency and best-in-class connectivity in the region," he said. "This addresses the need of the operators who have to adapt to the changing business dynamics and requirements in the region and globally. Etisalat's SmartHub is designed to provide our partners with a one stop shop for connectivity to the region."


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